Your iPhone will soon be able to automatically share your location information if you ever need to call 911, Apple announced on Monday.
This feature is designed to provide first responders with faster and more accurate information to reduce the time it takes for rescue services to arrive. According to the Federal Communications Commission, about 70 percent of 911 calls are made by people using cell phones. But legacy systems make it difficult for PSPs to locate a mobile user's location, according to Apple
"Communities rely on 911 centers in an emergency and we believe they should have the best technology available" Apple, "said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a press release.
Apple said the feature will be on it HELO uses a GPS device and cell towers to estimate the location of a 911 caller, and Apple will also use tools developed by RapidSOS to quickly share that data with 911 call centers, Apple said the location data can not be used for non-emergency purposes and will only be accessible to the 911 center during an emergency call.
AT & T said In a statement on Monday: "We exceed the requirements of the FCC and work as an industry to implement improvements in the location accuracy of 911 for all our customers. "Sprint said the company" complies with the current FCC 9-1-1 regulation and intends to meet its commitments in the future. "Verizon said," We have adhered to all the FCC regulatory deadlines that apply to this day and are on the best of terms Away to meet the upcoming deadlines. "T-Mobile has not responded to requests for commentary